Robin McKelle

Robin McKelle

Robin McKelle

Selected performance:
Monday 18th March - Tuesday 19th March

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Line-up: Robin McKelle Vocals, Terry Brewer  Piano, Rashaan Carter Bass, Kush Abadey Drums

An Enigmatic Sound, a Storyteller’s Narrative and a Live Performance Style Imbued with Rat Pack Moxie – Singer and Writer Robin McKelle is a Genre-Blurring Musical Alchemist, Taking Listeners on a Sonic Trip to the Old South, Sprinkling in Hints of the Motown Era or Even a Sade Album, and Mixing it Together to Create Her Inspiring ‘Melodic Canvas’ of Soul, Jazz, Gospel and More
Singer/writer Robin McKelle is a musical enigma,and proudly so. On her upcoming April 20th album Melodic Canvas, she’s empowered by the alchemy, embracing her genre-blurring style and no longer trying to fit into a box. The result is a deeply textured, rich, authentic collection, a mix of timely social commentary, intimate lyrics and a thoughtful call to action.

An enigmatic sound, a storyteller’s narrative and a live performance style imbued with Rat Pack moxie – singer and writer Robin Mckelle is a genre-blurring musical alchemist, taking listeners on a sonic trip to the old south, sprinkling in hints of the motown era or even a sade album, and mixing it together to create her inspiring ‘melodic canvas’ of soul, jazz, gospel and more

Singer/writer Robin Mckelle is a musical enigma,and proudly so. On her upcoming april 20th album Melodic Canvas, she’s empowered by the alchemy, embracing her genre-blurring style and no longer trying to fit into a box. the result is a deeply textured, rich, authentic collection, a mix of timely social commentary, intimate lyrics and a thoughtful call to action.

A savvy songwriter and a powerhouse vocalist, McKelle has long found a home where soul, jazz,pop, gospel, blues and the American Songbook cross paths. On the new cd, her sonic template takes listeners on a trip down to the Old South,or sprinkles in a sound that could’ve emerged from the Motown era, or even a Sade album. In her live performances, she exudes a bandleader’s moxie that recalls the Rat Pack era. There’s an insightful storyteller’s voice that connects the new songs, a narrative thread that feels smart and soulful. McKelle’s characters are vividly drawn, from the struggling teen in ‘Lyla’ to the immigrant tale of ‘Simple Man’; the moments of social awareness, in ‘Yes We Can Can’ (an Allen Toussaint cover featuring Chris Potter) and ‘It Won’t End Up’, are wise and inspiring without feeling heavy-handed; on first single ‘Do You Believe’, out March 30th, McKelle questions religion, hate, misogyny. For the upcoming CD (which she produced,) McKelle sought a more ‘acoustic’ vibe with a focus on percussion, to allow the subtleties of her voice to shine. In her songwriting and in the arrangements/production of the album, she mixes her varied influences together with strength and grace.

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